madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11th December 2012
The 0-65 tasting. Four guys, fourteen beers, average abv 12.9%, 65 mins! Opaque dark brown beer, residual tan head. Chocolate and marmite on the nose. Smooth syrupy palate. Sweet and rich dark malts but no roast. Rich chocolate, chocolate liquer. Dash of brandy. Sublte dark fruits. Smooth finish, very slight warmth. Hides the abv well and is very drinkable.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Growler) Pours a murky amber-brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of caramel, ash, herbs, and grass. Hot nose. Flavor of caramel, wood, roasted malt, raisins, and alcohol.
brokensail (10744) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark mahogany color with a small off-white head. Intensely sweet nose of maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. There’s a surprising note of hoppiness in the background. Definitely some booze in there, too. The flavor is also very sweet with the sample maple syrup, brown sugar, and caramel flavors. Might be a hint of chocolate, too. An underlying grapefruit flavor along with some light pine bitterness and rather surprisingly well hidden ABV. Very good beer, but not sure why a growler was considered a necessary serving size by the brewery.
Leighton (10702) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the 0-65% Tasting, London - thanks to Ken for procuring this beast. Pours pitch black with a tan cream head. Rich dark malt aroma with some dough, light cheese, dark chocolate. Huge sweet flavor with sticky sugars, toffee, light chocolate, figs, dates, lots of dark fruits in general. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm on the finish but nowhere nearly as hot as you might expect given the ABV. Lots of molasses, modest chocolate, dark fruits, raisins. Delicious beer. A real snifter-worthy sipper.
Tmoney99 (10554) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by b3shine. Poured clear dark brown color with an average to large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark sugar, toasted malt and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared at Sourfest. Pours with a hazed amber body with a surprising small tan head. Aromas show a boat load (no pun intended) of fusel alcohol. Quite sweet, brown sugar, estery, plums, fruity. Almost a light toasted barrel character to it. Flavors are drowned by alcohol. High fusel, lots of heat. Estery, plum, vinous, dates, dark fruit, brown sugar. Quite sweet. Boozy, low carbonation.
crossovert (7215) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour for a barleywine. Fruity, rootbeerish smell. Flavor is a mish-mahs f sugar, certainly not the depth of malt flavors of a typical barleywine, tastes like biting into a date, kind of flat.
Scopey (6671) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Ken at the 0-65% tasting. It pours deepest ruby with a thin beige head. The nose is chocolate gateaux, roasted malt, cream, toffee, sweet milky coffee and treacle. The taste is very sweet up-front, caramel, toffee, candy, chocolate ice-cream, gateaux, sticky dark fruit and light saltiness. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. The pretty crazy sweetness hides the alcohol well.. Drinks easier than anticipated. Decent sipper.
deyholla (6600) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the tap at the 15th annual MBGSF. Pours a deep brown that is near clear and a dark brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma is slightly boozy with a creamy dark grain note with a good amount of underlying sweetness. Flavor has light fruit up front but is quickly joined by sweet grain and caramel with a good amount of backing booze.
mcberko (6272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is intense, full of dark fruits, caramel, booze and candied sugar. Flavour is insanely rich and sweet, full of dark fruits, heaps of caramel, and cloying sweetness. It’s not that boozy considering it’s 17.5%, yet the sweetness is overbearingly cloying. Way too sweet for me. The flavours are nice, but it’s a bit too harsh. Syrupy, viscous palate that brings out the sweetness even more. Incredibly hard to drink - couldn’t finish the bottle.